Wednesday, March 23, 2022

What I’m Watching: Life and Beth

Life and Beth: Season 1, Episode 4 “Pancakes” (B+)

I’ve spent plenty of time on Long Island – my grandparents lived there since before I was born – and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen quite the same city envy that Jonathan Groff’s personal trainer exhibited. I did think it was hilarious that Beth thought he had never been to the city before, citing all the things that were most notable about it like the smell of the nuts and whether she would take the LIRR or a different form of transportation. Groff was the perfect choice to play that part, and I loved how Amy Schumer played off of him. Her reaction to him saying that his place was messy was great because she didn’t immediately recognize just how horrific it was, but the best part was seeing her let him have it when he offered her a bottle of water to take the morning after pill while they were still in the pharmacy. It was also therapeutic to see her toss her boots into the garbage truck and flash the workers riding on it, taking back the power that she had lost when no one had told her that they were only lifting their shirts so many years earlier. John continues to be an amusing and eccentric character, telling Beth that he doesn’t name the rabbits before serving her rabbit liver for lunch and then introducing her to his girlfriend shortly before forcing her into joining him for a 6:20am start the next morning. At least that’s a productive relationship, even if it’s not the romantic one that all of her friends are pushing her to explore.

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